Originally Posted by 6volt
Speaking of the LG LST-3410A, I don't think anything has ever equaled it: it had ATSC tuner, HDD, and IEEE-1394.
My only question would be, "How good is its tuner compared to the best available today?"
Pretty inferior, actually. Huge differences in sensitivity and multipath handling between the 3rd and 4th generation tuners of back then, and the 6th of now (or higher, if they're there yet). But it's still, very, very good for it's time, as were all LG tuners of that generation. If you're not in a fringe situation, and without any multipath problems to speak of, it should still perform very well.
Another important feature that makes it still usable today is that it has manual timers and time-setting, so it doesn't have to rely on any unreliable, digital OTA time data.
It has excellent picture-quality, and also does clear-QAM and NTSC (although that might not matter before long. NTSC is already virtually obsolete, and clear-QAM is on it's way, too). Another little-known feature is that it has composite A/V in.
Unfortunately, it also has numerous software bugs, and luminance/chrominance errors on SD video. And you do not
want to get it with the expectation of being able to effectively use the analog-capable-only, v7 TVGOS. That's pretty much obsolete now, too (not to mention how limited the v7 guide is in the first place, compared to the later generations).
As far as transferring recordings in HD, you can also do that with an HD TiVo and a computer nowadays (the TiVo can also get you more cable channels, with a CableCARD - and whatever's unencrypted of those, you can transfer, too).
All in all, though, I'd say it'd be an OK choice if you are situated optimally enough for OTA (or are still able to receive any unencrypted, clear-QAM), and can get a reliably-working one for a cheap enough price.